Jigoku: Japanese Hell” への30件のコメント

  1. Where can I find good books about jigoku and other subjects of Japanese mythology?

  2. Check your local library, you may be able to find something. There aren’t too many books on the subject, which is partially why I am writing about them.

    My next book, The Hour of Meeting Evil Spirits, will be available in April, and will have a chapter dedicated to Jigoku, Meido, and the underworld.

  3. I disagree with Gas.

    Chistan hell really is HELL compared to these ones, since in christian hell God will torture you for all eternity, while in the worst possible scenario only in the 8th jigoku you are stuck for all time (and even that is not agreed upon)

  4. I do not understand what the real name Enma or Yama ? He always has red face? how can Enma give it as it is always portrayed differently.

  5. Both names are correct. They are just in different languages. Remember that this is a character who appears across a number of different cultures in different time periods, so there are a lot of different interpretations!

  6. I am writing a thesis this autumn about how mythology could be used in developing tourism services. Could I use some of the material from this blog as sources or reference to this blog?

  7. Of course you are free to use the same sources that I used. Make sure you check with your professors about whether or not they will accept citations from a blog. This is, of course, not a published academic work or anything!

  8. ピンバック: A-Yokai-A-Day: Gaki | MatthewMeyer.net

  9. Very interesting. I hope you do write more about the Cold Hells; the page your link goes to, doesn’t really tell the Reasons for the punishments; what crimes.

  10. So, what type of offenses get you to one of the cold hells? What are the Japanese terms for “cold-hell” and “hot-hell”?

  11. Well, your response didn’t really explain what determines if a person is send to one of the cold hells instead of one of the hot hells.

  12. I’m assuming that the Cold Hells are for more minor offenses since, at least in the wikipedia article Naraka (Buddhism), it’s stated that a lifetime in each of the cold hells is only twenty times the one before it. In other words, the time the denizens of the Cold Hells have to spend there, if that information is true, is only a fraction of the time they would have to endure in the highest of the hot hells, Toukatsu Jigoku, according to your blog post here.

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  15. What is the exact polar opposite of a Kami in Japanese Mythology? Is it oni? Or is there some other yokai or being that is a better polar opposite to a god?
    I disagree with ja on he/she said about Christian Hell. Christian Hell is far less imaginative than Japanese Hells and therefore is not as effective a deterrent as Mugen Jigoku.

  16. There is no polar opposite of a kami. It is a vague term that covers everything from powerful divine entities to tiny nature spirits.

  17. So there is no divine entity in Japanese mythology which would have roughly the same role as Lucifer in Christianity, then?

  18. ピンバック: A-Yokai-A-Day: Jigoku | MatthewMeyer.net

  19. Hello Matt!

    I’ve been reading up a lot lately on different yokai legends, and your work has been truly invaluable, so first of all; thank you!

    Now, I am curious about something, something i hope you could clarify to me.
    The Wa nyūdō supposedly drags its victim’s soul to “Hell”, right? Does this mean it drags them all the way to Jigoku, that you mention in this post, no matter how good the person has been in his or her life? Or do you still get judged accordingly (Tengoku, meido, Jigoku) even if you get taken by the Wa nyūdō?

  20. Well, that’s a good question. Folktales aren’t really that specific on the details, so I can’t say for sure. If I had to wager a guess, I would say that if a Wa nyudo took you, you were going to be judged poorly anyway, so he would just take you straight to the torturing pits. Buddhism is interesting in that it’s easy to interpret judgment as “everyone is damned, just how damned are you?” So no matter how good you tried to be, you did step on an ant, or swat a fly, or did something evil that warrants a long amount of suffering.

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  22. (Terribly sorry for never responding, I really appreciated this answer)

    Thank you, that’s very interesting to hear, especially the part with the damnation… I’ve actually been curious as to whether you get judged accordingly even if you, simply by accident, kill some insect during your lifetime.
    This whole thing really makes my research-nerve tingle.